Little flags with the rainbow and bracelets are sold for one euro in Pedro Zerolo Square, in the heart of the Chueca neighborhood. The afternoon heat invites you to drink cans of beer, which people buy in the supermarkets that surround this party that starts with the proclamation of Pride. There is no music, but the manual loudspeakers enliven the groups that dance standing up, animated by the summer atmosphere, but flanked by police patrols who watch that there are no incidents. This year honors those who publicly exhibited in places, sometimes clandestine, fighting against a society that often did not understand their way of expressing themselves. And that they had to endure “police mistreatment”, says the Mado 2021 statement. They are the transvestites, transvestites, drag queens and drag kings that with their explosive character have vindicated the diversity and joy of the LGTBI + collective.

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Two friends spend the afternoon around the fountain in the square. They are Jaime Fernández and Brian Sánchez, 36 years old. For them the drag queens They are icons that have known how to fight against all prejudices and declare themselves a fan of that personality that increasingly attracts a wider audience with their shows. “People don’t realize that they are present in every conflict. Marsha P. Johnson was a transsexual who claimed that figure. It is not exaggerating what you are, but rather that you express yourself with what you like and you are misunderstood with that normality of being a man or a woman when it is a social structure ”, they say. For them they have represented the group from their art, with knowledge about makeup, fashion, singing that they have known how to expose to the world. “We all enjoy them because they vindicate our collective 24 hours,” they say.

The proclamation was recorded to be broadcast on-line and thus avoid crowds due to the pandemic. It has been presented as on other occasions by The Plexy, who has recalled the difficulty of paving the way to the acceptance of the world drag. Chumina Power He has also been present and has pointed out that there were already transvestite artists a century ago and in the Second Spanish Republic, but their presence was invisible during the Franco regime. “This Pride goes for it. We are still here so that we do not forget ”, declared the artist. Nacha la Macha dedicated her speech to the transvestites of the seventies, who had to deal with an audience “sometimes complicit and other times aggressive”, but who conquered the revolution “by being themselves”. Along the same lines, the drag Sandra Sees it He recalled that before they were “buffoons and teased”, but little by little things were changing. The Alcorcón Earthquake put the spotlight on the time when many people went to the transvestite premises “out of curiosity and curiosity” and that this was normalizing the group.

A group of women trans keep enjoying your pride before night falls. For them to vindicate this group has to go through the premise that “in diversity they are people.” They do not want to be pigeonholed at drag queen. “You can see us, you can tell that we are trans girls. Gays go without prejudice and taboos and we, because of our way of demonstrating with feathers and sequins, seem immoral when everyone admires the carnivals in Brazil ”, says Fabiola, who thinks that there are still reasons to mark people in schools with a sexual orientation that is out of the ordinary.

Raiza Rodríguez, female trans who has been in Madrid for 17 years, but is from Peru, thinks that there are many more things to do and that the drag collective has been the representation of all. “In Peru it is still taboo and I will always thank Spain for giving us such great freedom to all the girls and the freedom to continue moving forward,” concludes this makeup artist.

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